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SUMMER AT SPARKS MARINA

Summer is in full swing in Reno Tahoe- the sun’s beaming, the temperature’s blazing, and every day is full of activities to undertake, events to attend, and good times to be had. At the Sparks Marina, all the same rings true! With walking paths, trees, and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina is a wonderful place for a sunny-day outing and a must-add to your summer to-do list. Better yet, the Marina is conveniently located in the heart of Sparks, right off Interstate 80 and next to Legends Outlet Mall… just a few miles from downtown Reno!

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The Marina contains an estimated 1 billion gallons of water with a naturally occurring aquifer that replenishes the lake with 2 to 3 million gallons of fresh water daily. All this water is put to good use with an assortment of recreational activities offered.

Water activities include:

  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding

Furthermore, the marina contains an array of additional activities and facilities. Whether you want to host a large family picnic, throw a friend a birthday party, take the kids swimming, visit the dog park with your pup, stroll the quaint path around the lake, or just relax and soak up some rays, you can do all of this and more at the marina.

Amenities Include:

  • Beaches (2)sparks marina bench
  • Picnic areas
  • Fishing pier
  • 2-mile walking path
  • Volleyball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Concession Stand
  • Restrooms
  • Canopies (2)
  • Dog Park

Click here for directions and more information on the Sparks Marina.

The 2014 Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour to Make a Splash (Or Two) at Sparks Marina

Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 28, the Pro Watercross Tour will be providing a weekend full of screaming engines and strong wakes at the Sparks Marina. Deemed as the “NASCAR of Watercross,” this high-adrenaline sport will leave spectators screaming as racers reach top speeds of 90 mph while racing around buoyed courses!

sparks_1The US Open of Watercross is the third stop on the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour. Top USA and International competitors and race teams will be in attendance.  These riders will utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology, and engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology and innovation on and off the water.

When the race is set, heavily modified watercrafts and their daring drivers will wait anxiously in the side-by-side gates. Upon command, the half-machine/half-man cyborgs will jolt to life as the opening gates release the racers to scream past the crowd at racing speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. High adrenaline leave the ringing memory of a great experience in your ear.

Witness the potential for history to be made on June 28, as the title for Guinness World Records “Most Consecutive Back Flips on a Personal Watercraft” will be attempted.  This trick-filled day will surely leave any age in awe.

Schedule your visit accordingly to get the best experience out of this full throttle event. For more information visit www.prowatercross.com/sparks.com

Weekend Schedule of Events (Sparks Marina)

Saturday, June 28

9:15am              Practice session for racers

10:15am             Amateur racing begins

11:00am             Opening ceremony with prayer and national anthem, Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1

11:40am             Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1

1:00pm              Intermission – autograph session with pros

1:30pm              Racing continues, all classes

5:00pm              Racing ends for the day

7:00pm              Guinness World Record setting event (Sparks, NV only)

Sunday, June 29

9:15am              Amateur racing

11:00pm             Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2

11:40am             Pro Stock – MOTO 2

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle (finals)

1:00pm              Pro Runabout Open (finals) – MOTO 3

1:20pm              Pro Ski GP (finals) – MOTO 3

1:40pm              Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 3

2:00pm              Amateur racing

4:00om              Awards ceremony

Tigé MYWAKE Global Challenge

Wakeboarders, wakeskaters and wakesurfers compete against the rest of the world based on video footage of their riding.  Riders submit videos of themselves competing on wakeboard during June/July/August on their home turf.  Each month, judges from the Pro Wakeboard Tour will select the best riders in 20+ divisions.  Those winners are then invited to compete in the live event at the Sparks Marina.  2012 was the first year of this format and the finale was held in Orlando; about 50 finalists competed for the overall title.  The 2013 event has been expanded to include finalists in all age divisions as well as the men’s and women’s pros from around the world – 125 athletics are anticipated.   This is a made-for-media event and will be heavily promoted online.  It will also feature a live webcast and will be covered by Wakeboard Magazine – there is not a television broadcast component.  They will tentatively use JA Nugget as the event host hotel, due to World Sports & Marketing’s previous relationship with them for the Pro Wakeboard Tour.

Friday – amateurs compete

Saturday/Sunday – pros compete

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US Open of Watercross

Sparks Marina will be the host site of the 2013 US Open of Watercross, June 29-30, 2013.

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This will be 8th annual US Open of Watercross which has traveled from coast to coast bringing the best watercross riders throughout the USA and drawing competitors from all over the world, including Australia, Columbia, Kuwait, and Indonesia. These competitors will be vying for the prestigious title of the Sparks US Open of Watercross Champion and winning means earning a place in watercross history, this internationally recognized event will be one of the highest paid events in the country.

The Sparks US Open of Watercross is expected to draw one of the largest gatherings of competitors in the country; participants in pursuit of the US Open title and a cash purse of over $12,000.

On Saturday and Sunday, the premier watercross classes will begin at 11 am to 2pm, these classes will showcase the pro riders in each class. Each of premier classes on Sunday will be followed by awards, interviews and autograph sessions.

UWP would like to welcome the folks from  Jetavation Inc. to the Sparks US Open of Watercross on June 29-30 at the Sparks Marina Park.

The Jetovator has the capability of flying up to 30 feet in the air and diving down 10 feet below the water. You can fly at speeds of up to 25 mph and can perform aerial stunts such as back flips! The Suspension Landing Gear option allows experienced Jetovator operators to take off from, and land on, docks or boats decks. See the live demo right after freestyle on Saturday and Sunday!

EVENT SCHEDULE:

Saturday, June 29
9:00am Practice begins
10:15am National anthem is played and racing begins with novice and amateur
11:00am Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1
11:30am Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1
12:00pm Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1
1:00pm Intermission – autograph session with pros
Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1
1:30pm Pro Ski Stock – MOTO 1
2:00pm Racing continues, all classes
4:30pm Racing ends

Sunday, June 30
10:15am National anthem, racing begins
11:00am Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2
11:20am Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2
11:40am Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 2
12:00pm Pro Freestyle (finals)
1:00pm Pro Runabout Open – FINALS
1:20pm Pro Ski GP – FINALS
1:40pm Pro Runabout Stock – FINALS
2:00pm Finals begin
4:30pm Racing ends; award presentation

FREE Fishing Day

Go Fishing… Get Hooked! Saturday, June 8, 2013, is Nevada’s Free Fishing Day!

2532233942_3cf5d2a6fd_bFree Fishing Day is your one chance during the year to get hooked, and hook others, for free! No license or trout stamp is needed for adults or children on this date.

During our annual Free Fishing Day, anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp.*

Events

Sparks Marina is hosting a special event for kids, offering commemorative T-shirts, fishing poles, face painting, hot dogs and more (for FREE)! At Idlewild Park, kids are encouraged to bring their own poles, however 300 poles will be available on a first come first served basis. Both events go from 7 to 11 a.m.

*All limits and other regulations apply.

Fourth of July in Reno Tahoe USA

Pyrotechnics, carnivals, barbeques and more. Reno Tahoe USA is pulling out all the stops this Fourth of July to celebrate America’s 236 years of independence. Here’s what’s going on:

Star Spangled Sparks at the Marina

The Sparks Marina is kicking off Independence Day with pancakes, hot air balloons and the most talented entertainers in town!

  • 6:00 a.m. – Wake up early and start your Fourth of July off with a FREE tethered hot air balloon ride (ends at 8:00 AM) and a $3 all-you-can eat pancake breakfast.
  • 8:00 a.m. – Get your heart pumping with a Fun Run/Walk around the Marina. Be sure to preregister by calling 353-2385.
  • 9:00 a.m. –  Cheer on the Model Dairy milk carton parade of boats and boat races
  • 11:00 a.m. – Watch Reno Tahoe’s rising stars compete in the Sparks’ Got Talent Competition.

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Star Spangled Sparks Fireworks at Victorian Square

After the festivities at the Marina wrap up, the fun continues on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks with family activities, live entertainment and the regions longest display of pyrotechnics. Join the thousands that gather each Fourth of July and revel in the spectacular show as fireworks are set off from the rooftops of John Ascuga’s Nugget. The excitement starts at 4 p.m. and the fireworks launch at 9:45 p.m.

Red, White and Tahoe Blue

Watching colorful explosions in the sky is pretty exciting, but watching those colors reflect off the tranquil surface of Lake Tahoe takes the Independence Day tradition to a whole new level. Join the sixth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration in Incline Village and Crystal Bay where you and your family will enjoy a parade and carnival, military demonstrations, an ice cream social, and beer and wine tastings – all leading up to the breathtaking fireworks finale over the lake.

Fourth of July BBQ & Fireworks

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe invites you to grab some mouthwatering BBQ on their soft green grass before watching the fireworks light up the night sky. $75/adults and $35/children gets you BBQ buffet access, two drink coupons, and a front row seat to the remarkable fireworks show!

Reno Aces

Celebrate America’s birthday with America’s favorite pastime. Watch the Reno Aces take on the Las Vegas 51s on July 3 at 6:35 p.m. After the game, stick around for the Ace’s largest fireworks show of the season!

For a complete list of Independence Day activities, visit the Reno Tahoe USA events calendar.

FREE Fishing Day in Nevada – June 9

Free fishing, free fishing pole, free hot dogs, and free ice cream at Kids Free Fishing Day at Sparks Marina, from 7am – 11am, June 9!

2532233942_3cf5d2a6fd_zIf you happened to read that list aloud, we can imagine there are little hands tugging on your arm, and little eyes lighting up with fish and ice cream, and you’re already thinking about where you stashed those water pants last winter…

The event is designed to teach children how to successfully participate in the art of angling. Over 1,800 fishing poles have been strung by volunteers for the event – everyone should have the opportunity to feel the rush of excitement when there’s a keeper on the line. Be sure to arrive early before they run out!

Free Fishing Day is statewide. The public is allowed to fish in any public fishing water in the state of Nevada without needing a fishing license or trout stamp as long as they follow regulations.

Are you hooked yet?

For more details visit http://www.ndow.org/about/news/pr/2012/June/Free_Fishing_Day.shtm.

WHERE ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR 4TH OF JULY?

Sparks Fireworks tower crowdThis year Reno Tahoe USA is hosting some of the top Independence Day events and pyrotechnic displays in the nation. It’s a tough call deciding which of these parties to crash but we’ve tried to make it easy for you to see what each event has to offer.

LAKE TAHOE

July 1-4, the fifth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration in Incline Village offers the perfect getaway for families. They’ve got a patriotic chalk drawing contest, beer tastings, firecracker trail trek, and even a doggie dress up contest for your pup. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a jam-packed weekend with the fam, look no further – after you finish reading this post, of course.

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We can’t forget about the 70 feet of snowfall last winter quite yet. Both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA are reopening for the weekend offering discounted tickets and wrapping up the season with huge 4th of July parties. Squaw will also host the famed 21st annual Lake Cushing Crossing on July 3. No one does pond-skimming quite like Squaw Valley. Perhaps it is because men and women in Reno Tahoe are a little more daring, a little more agile and a little better on sticks. Or maybe, it’s because the Cushing Crossing is held on a real pond, rather than a tarp-lined ditch or kiddie pool. We don’t really need a reason; we do it the way we want.

Other local Lake Tahoe events include Tahoe City celebrating 65 years of fireworks at Commons Beach, July 4, and Kings Beach hosting their annual firework display and deck party at the North Tahoe Event Center on July 3.

SPARKS

Experience the biggest 4th of July party in the region, Star Spangled Sparks, at the Sparks Marina. Join thousands to celebrate our freedom at this FREE all day event. Rise bright and early for free hot air balloon rides at 6am and a three dollar all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The excitement continues during the day with a fun-run around the Sparks Marina, bounce houses and a ride area for the kids. Later that evening, witness a military flyover moments before the longest and most spectacular pyrotechnic display in the region, you won’t want to miss this 11th annual celebration.

VIRGINIA CITY

Virginia City made the list for the “Top 10 Fourth of July Fireworks 2011.” For us this comes as no surprise as every year thousands journey to the famous, historical city. The event begins with a parade downtown around noon and ends with the Comstock Cowboys performing at dusk along with an extensive fireworks show. The last time Virginia City had this many explosives was back when the city was first discovered as a gold mining jackpot.

PYRAMID LAKE

Do you want to be the party planner? The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe welcomes all those who want to throw their own 4th of July party. Summer season fireworks are now on sale for use on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation in designated areas. Create your own fireworks show over North America’s most beautiful desert lake!

From the Mouths of Reno Tahoe Babes: WWA National Wakeboard Championships

Cheryl Guinan WWA Eleven lucky fans of Reno Tahoe USA’s Facebook page won a free pair of tickets to the Air Nautique Wakeboard National Championships, presented by ROCKSTAR, July 14-18, 2010. The five-day pro-am wakeboard and wakeskate contest included the top wake athletes in the United States competing for national titles in 20 different divisions . . . and it rocked their socks off. (Click here for video.)  Big thanks to our fans for sharing pictures!

Cheryl Guinan, Reno, Nevada: “I had never been to the WWA event before. What surprised me most was how fun and laid back it was. Everyone was just relaxed and enjoying themselves. It had fun sponsors, nice vendors and some pretty sweet wakeboarding. I plan on going back next year. Thanks to KRZQ for the information and Reno Tahoe USA for the tickets!”

Jennifer Seeger WWA Cory Williams, Reno, Nevada: “This was my third year at the event, and it only gets better every time. I watched some of the women’s wake skate events Wednesday and Thursday – they were pretty incredible. Sunday, however, was intense. The pro finals were awesome. I remember sitting in awe watching Harley’s winning run. All the riders were great, and very approachable. They really enjoy the support they get from fans and were also willing to give a tip or two to us weekend warriors. I will without a doubt be back next year, as will my friends and anyone we can drag along. This is an event that everyone into water sports in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area needs to attend.”

Jennifer Seeger, Reno, Nevada: “The south shore of the Marina was base camp for wakeboarding vendors, competitors and enthusiasts wanting to get an autograph from their favorite athlete. Thanks to ALICE @ 96.5 and Reno Tahoe USA, my husband and I were able to enjoy watching the wakeboarders tear it up! This is my second time Jennifer Seeger WWA 2to the event and I would recommend it to my friends. I will probably go back next year!”

Sarah Smith, Reno, Nevada: “I had never been to the WWA event before, it was fun.  I was kind of surprised at the price, though.  It seemed a bit much for the size of the event. I would recommend this event to a friend – it’s fun over the summer. I found out about the event through the Reno Tahoe USA announcement of a contest on Facebook, where I won the pair of tickets. ”

Walt Suen, Reno, Nevada: “Somehow I’d never made it down to this event before. We loved it. I was really surprised by how easy it was to see, there really are no bad seats. I would recommend this event to a friend. We own a boat and so do most of our friends – it was a great way to see all the new stuff on the market and see what real pros doing what we wish we could! Thanks to the folks @Reno Tahoe USA, we didn’t miss this event.”

Pro Wakeboard Tour stops at Sparks Marina

The MasterCraft  Pro Wakeboard Tour is coming to Sparks for the final stop of the 2008 season July 11-13. The sport’s top pros have one more chance at the podium before the final awards ceremony at John Ascuaga’s Nugget on the 13th.

The action will be held at the Sparks Marina, with athletes from more than 20 states and seven nations.

Event schedule:
Friday, July 11

  • 10 am: Jr. Men Quarterfinals
  • Noon-4 pm: Pro Men Qualifying

Saturday, July 12

  • 8:30 am: Pro Women QualifyingS
  • 10:30 am: Jr. Men Semifinals
  • 12:30 pm: Pro Women Semifinals
  • 1:30pm-4:30 pm: Pro Men Round of 30

Sunday, July 13

  • 10 am: Pro Men Quarterfinals
  • Noon: Jr. Men Finals
  • 1 pm: Pro Men Semifinals
  • 2 pm: Pro Women Finals
  • 3-3:30 pm: Pro Men Finals
  • TBA: Awards Ceremony

* Schedule is subject to change

Among the awards being presented at the Nugget is the Indmar Performance Award, a $10,000 cash bonus to the top points earner in the Pro Men’s Division and a $5,000 prize for the Pro Women’s Division winner.

Rookie of the Year honors for the Pro Men’s Division will also be presented during the ceremony.